Here's one for the obscurists amongst you. Fatal Jelly Space were a great Auckland band who released one great EP titled Hole on Flying Nun in 1990. They were a staunchly feminist outfit and a ferocious (if not somewhat scary) phenomenon live striking fear into the hearts of many.
In the early years of the twenty first century Bob Dylan played the god-awful North Shore Events Centre in Takapuna, Auckland. Ordinarily that wouldn't have grabbed me, but supporting him was none other than Patti Smith. As soon as I heard that I was there. She was better than I can describe here and I went away very happy.
On the way back into town to catch the last ferry to Waiheke we saw someone hitching we recognised as coming from the island. We picked her up and got chatting and it turned out this fellow Patti Smith fan was Frankie Bodi of Fatal Jelly Space.
So anyway, in 2003 I was putting together a series of live-to-air performances on Waiheke Island's community radio station, The Beach 99.4fm to mark NZ Music Month. I remembered that late night hitch-hiking encounter and approached Frankie about performing. She agreed, playing a short set of originals. To my ears, this was the highlight, one of the tracks from the Hole EP, Miseriah.
Take a listen, Frankie Fatal, Live On The Beach 99.4fm, May 2003
Chris - Counting the Beat, The Beach 99.4fm, Waiheke Island.
Reviewer:Thomas the Knob Stapler
February 29, 2008 Subject:
*sigh* Fond memories of a great Kiwi band.
What an awesome find! Years after losing my second copy of Hole I googled the name of one of my favourite bands from my misspent yoof, and turn up this gem. I caught one live performance of FJS, waaay back in '92. It was when they supported Babes In Toyland at the Power Station I think? What an incredible band. I'd hitchhiked from ChCh at the age of 17 to see the Babes and was blown away by Frankie and Fatal Jelly Space. An intense, brooding, raw and brutally dark act infused with a real vulnerability in their sound, which I was stoked to hear carried over on to the Hole EP which I went out and bought the next day. Really happy to find this acoustic track. I only wish they'd put out more recordings/posters/t-shirts/anything!